Palestinian dies two weeks after shot in Gaza clashes: ministry

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that allowing Qatari funds to be transferred into Gaza was part of a broader strategy to keep Hamas and the Palestinian Authority divided, preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state.

A spokesman for the military said troops "responded with riot dispersal means and fired in accordance with standard operating procedures".

"A 22-year-old Palestinian died in a hospital from severe injuries sustained a few weeks ago in clashes on the eastern borders of the enclave", Qidra said.

Egypt, the United Nations and Qatar have been mediating between Israel and Palestinian factions, including Hamas movement, to achieve calm on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Demonstrators demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, told Ma'an that the Israeli navy detained two fishermen, who were working less than one nautical mile off the coast, which was within the permitted fishing zone.

Israel says it has no choice but to use deadly force at the protests to defend the frontier from militants trying to destroy the barrier and infiltrate.

Palestinians have been organizing weekly rallies since March 30 last year, also known as the Great March of Return protests, calling on Israel to end its nearly 12-year-old blockade on Gaza.

The highest commission of the event on early Friday called on the people to join the protests to mark the International Women's Day.

"Israel is not a state of all its citizens", Netanyahu wrote in response to comments from an Israeli actress.

Since March 30 past year, thousands of Gaza demonstrators have been carrying out rallies and protests, calling on Israel to end the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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